Best of Laos Travel

Best of Laos Travel

Starts
Vientiane
Destinations
+ 4
Ends
Pakse
Vientiane → Phonsavan → Luang Prabang → Pakse

Highlights

  • Travel back in time at vibrant temples and interesting museum.
  • Visit bizarre open-air sculpture Buddha park covering over 200 Hindu and Buddhist statues.
  • Enjoy beautiful scenery of massive limestone mountains and bright green rice paddies in Vang Vieng.
  • Explore mysterious Plain of Jars with picturesque setting.
  • Cruise along mighty Mekong River to discover spiritual Pak Ou caves.
  • Soak your feet into emerald water of Kuang Si waterfall.
  • Experience rural laid-back life of Southern Laos.
  • Wander around Bolaven Plateau to get knowledge of how coffee and tea are produced.
Age range
Under 87 year olds
Accommodation
3 / 4 / 5
Transportation

This 10 days journey has been designed to combine culture, history and the charm of Laos. Travelers will find it to be fascinating, intriguing and surprisingly accessible…

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Itinerary

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  1. Day 1: Vientiane Arrival.

    Welcome to Vientiane, Laos’ capital, an old French colonial trading post. This city is both abundant in French architecture as well as beautiful, ornate Buddhist temples. Even though it is the country’s largest city, it has not lost its friendly and laid back character.
    Meet your guide and we drive to hotel for check in (check in time: 14:00).
    If time permits, we will take a brief city tour to explore the most highlight of Vientiane. Start with Wat Sisaket the city ‘s oldest surviving temple with thousands of silver and porcelain images in the gloriously authentic temple compound that offers you a glimpse into the Vientiane of the past. Next is the visit Pha That Luang, the giant golden stupa is a sight to see as the bright gold holds a sharp contrast to the pure blue sky. Then you will go to climb the Arc De Triomphe of Laos, Patuxai. The massive arch has a beautiful mosaic tiled ceiling and once at the top you can see for miles around Vientiane.
    Meals: Not Available.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane.

  2. Day 2: Vientiane – Drive to Vang Vieng – Sightseeing.

    Leave Vientiane for a drive (4-5 hours) to Vang Vieng, a charming little town nestle on the bank of Nam Song river with karst mountain backdrop.
    In the afternoon we visit Tham Phoukham cave, the country’s beautiful and famous limestone caverns surrounded by forest. Along the way, you will meet local villagers and learn about their daily lifestyle. There is a small natural pool called Blue Lagoon in front of the caves where you can swim and refresh yourself from the heat.
    Next we head to Tham Jang cave, the home for migrating people, who settled near the town’s southern Meuang Xong Village to rise vegetables. The locals stumbled into the cavern during the civil war, while seeking refuge deep in the forest. Return hotel for relaxing.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Vang Vieng.

  3. Day 3: Vang Vieng – Drive to Phonsavan.

    After breakfast we drive to Phonsavan (6-7 hours), mid-sized town 400 km northeast of the Lao capital, Vientiane. Thousands of stone urns dating back to the Iron Age scatter over hundreds of square kilometers in the mountains surrounding Phonsavan.
    Arrive, check in hotel, rest of the day is free at leisure.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Phonsavan.

  4. Day 4: Phonsavan – Plain of Jars.

    Spend the morning exploring the mysterious archaeological wonderland: the Plain of Jars.
    Start the day with a trip to Phonsavan’s bustling central market. Visit the MAG exhibition then head out to the Plain of Jars. Explore Site 1 of the ancient and mysterious
    Plain of Jars: an enchanting archaeological site, where hundreds of large stone jars lie scattered about the plateau. In the afternoon, we discover Site 2 and Site 3 in the different location and the journey to reach them offers glimpse of some typical local villages. We get back to hotel later in the afternoon and have couple hours to enjoy the hotel facility and the tranquility of this small town.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Phonsavan.

  5. Day 5: Phonsavan – Drive to Luang Prabang.

    Continue our trip to Luang Prabang (around 8-9 hours), profoundly influenced by the French, unquestionably earns the title of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, this exquisite town in Laos is not to be missed under any circumstances. Situated on the peninsula formed by the Mekong and the Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang is a perfect spot to unwind, eat good food and enjoy the scenery. This relatively small, palm fringed place is packed with fabulous colonial villas, top class restaurants, coffee shops and stunning Buddhist temples.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.

  6. Day 6: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves – City Tour.

    Take a morning cruise along the Mekong River, about two hours upstream from the centre of Luang Prabang, and discover the numerous Buddha images at Pak Ou Caves. Pak Ou (mouth of the Ou river) includes the Tham Ting (lower cave) and the Tham Theung (upper cave) are caves overlooking the founder name Mekong River. They are a group of caves on the right side of the Mekong River. It is then only a short distance from the caves to the village of Ban Xang Hai to learn about LauLao (Lao whisky) and LauHai (Lao wine). Before returning the old town we stop to visit Ban Xangkhong where the Lue peoples of this village are noted in particular for their arts and crafts.
    Continue our trip to Wat Mai, the largest and most richly decorated of the temples in Luang Prabang. Then head to the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong - representative of classic Laotian architecture. Later that day, we adjourn to the Phousi hill to enjoy the marvelous panoramic view of the town at sunset.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.

  7. Day 7: Luang Prabang – Alms Giving – Khuang Si Waterfall.

    This morning you will wake up early (05:30 AM) and take participate in the daily early morning ritual of saffron-clad monks with their black Alms-giving bowls being given offerings from the local people, including the ubiquitous sticky rice. Back to hotel for breakfast.
    We begin our trip with Royal Palace Museum, was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family. Then we explore Ock Pop Tok craft living center overlooking the Mekong river, set in a tropical Mekong garden. Meaning “east meets west”, Ock Pop Tok brings the fascinating world of traditional Lao handicrafts alive for visitors. Continue our trip to the morning Phosi Market where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings.
    Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will take soft trek to visit the Ban Ouay, Hmong Hill tribe and Ban Ou, Lowland Lao. Continue driving to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can splash around in the pools or walk along the forest paths. You are free to visit the Bear Rescue Centre which relies solely on partners, corporate sponsors and donations from the public. Buying T-shirt or other merchandise is highly recommended to fund this preservation. Back to the old town.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.

  8. Day 8: Luang Prabang – Flight to Pakse – Wat Phou Ruins.

    We take a morning flight to Southern Laos - Pakse. If you wander around a little, you’ll soon discover old French Colonial Buildings, a Vietnamese quarter, Buddhist and Chinese temples and an old Catholic church, or you can sit and have a freshly brewed Bolaven Coffee or Lao tea while watching people and life go by. On arrival, meet our guide and we have lunch. In the afternoon we visit unique Wat Phou temple of Khmer of Wat Phou ruin the majestic pre-Angkorian 10th century temple complex. You have time to take a look at the museum at the ruins site, walk up to the highest temple and take as many photos as you would like. Drive back to Pakse, on the way we stop at Phou Salao view point for overview of this quaint city.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Pakse.

  9. Day 9: Pakse – Siphandon – Don Khong.

    After breakfast we driver further to the South (about 4 hours) for a short along the backwaters to explore Siphandone. During the rainy season, the Mekong River reaches a breadth of 14 km, the river’s widest reach along its 4,350 km journey from the Tibetan Plateau towards the East Sea (Bien Dong); when the river recedes, it leaves behind thousands of islands and islets.
    At Ban Nakasang pier we take a short boat trip to visit the surrounding islands of Done Det and Done Som for a glimpse into the traditional lifestyle of the fishermen. Continue to Done Khone Island and hike along its ancient railway built by the French in 1897 in order to bypass the powerful rapids when transporting goods from Cambodia. Continue to the Sumphamith Waterfall (Liphi Waterfall). Continue by car to visit the magnificent Khone Phapheng Waterfall, the largest cascade along the Mekong River. A fault line caused the cascade, which is 6 km wide at this point, and the astonishing force of the water has cut dramatic gorges through the brittle bedrock. Stay overnight at Don Khong.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Don Khong.

  10. Day 10: Don Khong – Pakse – Departure.

    Depart early from the hotel to the airport to catch your departure flight home.
    Meal: Breakfast.

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  • Accommodation

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      All the hotels/ cruise are subject to availability and can be changed. In case any of the listed hotels are fully booked, alternatives of equivalence will be taken.
    1. Guide

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      English Speaking Tour Guide (other language on request)

    2. Meals

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      Daily breakfast at hotel

    3. Transport

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      Private transportation with A/C

    • Flights

      Luang Prabang - Pakse by Laos Airline


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    Price Includes

    • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
    • 1 domestic flight: Luang Prabang – Pakse.
    • Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles.
    • Service of English speaking guides in every location.
    • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited.
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.

    Price Excludes

    • International flights.
    • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
    • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
    • Tips for guides and drivers.
    • Personal travel insurance.
    • Laos Visa (more at www.laostravel.com/visa).


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